Having the entranceway set back from the rest of the house provides the impression of an outdoor foyer. The leaded glass surrounding the door adds a touch of grandeur.
The lighting takes full advantage of the inset door, with the two spots overhead brightening the doorway. By including two sconces on either side of the entrance, the stairs and some of the outer edges of the entry area are softly lit, adding to the drama.
The steps leading to the entrance also contribute to the total impact of this entryway. Brick steps provide a traditional and long-lasting surface that suits the colonial flavor of the home. The door itself is painted a rich dark color, providing the right level of contrast and character.
Finally, the large brass handle on the door indicates substance and strength. It suits the warmth of the lighting and fits with the plain but larger than standard welcome mat.
What can you do to make your entrance special? While it may be difficult to change structural characteristics, some of these features are easily replicable. To start, paint your door in a color that contrasts with the rest of the house. Take a look at these two doors. Both the red and green tones help the doors stand out against the white.
Door knockers, wreaths and something special in a welcome mat can also add personality. If the path to your home and the entryway is basic concrete, consider covering it with tile, stone or even faux brick to make it feel more finished and unusual. You may also want to replace your outdoor lighting with something that catches the eye. With just a few changes, you too can have a grand entrance.